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of those who have fallen in the line of duty are inscribed in marble. our hearts break over each one. and now, because of this tragedy, we have new heroes to honor. and more friends to mourn. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east as a young peace corps volunteer teaching english in morocco. he joined the foreign service, learned languages, won friends for america in distant places and made other people's hope his own. in the early days of the libyan revoluti revolution, i asked chris to be our envoy to the rebel opposition. he arrived on a cargo ship in the port of benghazi and began
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building our relationship with libya's revolutionaries. he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. the world needs more chris stevens'. i spoke with his sister, ann, this morning, and told her that he will be remembered as a hero by many nations. sean smith, was an air force veteran. he spent ten years as an information management officer in the state department. he was posted at the hague. and was in libya on a brief, temporary assignment. he was a husband, to his wife, heather. with whom i spoke this morning. he was a father to two young children, samantha and nathan.
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they will grow up being proud of the service their father gave to our country. service that took him from victoria to baghdad and finally to benghazi. the mission that drew chris and sean and their colleagues to libya is noble and necessary. and we and the people of libya honor their memory by carrying it forward. this is not easy. today, many americans are asking, indeed, i asked myself, how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate in a city we helped save from destruction? this question reflects just how complicated and at times, how
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c confounding the world can be. but we must be clear-eyed even in our grief. this was an attack by a small and savage group. not the people or government of libya. everywhere chris and his team went in libya, in a country scarred by war and tyranny, they were hailed as friends and partners. and when the attack came yesterday, libyans stood and fought to defend our post. some were wounded. libyans carried chris' body to the hospital. and they helped rescue and lead other americans to safety. and last night, when i spoke with the president of libya, he strongly condemned the violence and pledged every effort to
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protepro protect our people and pursue those responsible. the friendship between our countries borne of of shared struggle will not be another casualty of this attack. a free and stable libya is still in america's interests and security. and we will not turn our backs on that. nor will we rest until those responsible for the attacks are found and brought to justice. we are working closely with the libyan authorities to move swiftly and surely. we're working with partners around the world to safeguard other american embassies, consulates and citizens. there will be more time later to reflect. but today, we have work to do. there is no higher priority than
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protecting our men and women wherever they serve. we're working to determine the precise motivations and methods of those who carried out this assault. some have thought to justify this behavior, along with the protests that took place at our embassy in cairo yesterday, as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet. america's commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. but let me be clear. there is no justification for this. none. violence like this is no way to honor religion or faith. and as long as there are those who would take innocent life in the name of god, the world will never know a true and lasting peace. it is especially difficult that
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this happened on september 11th. it's an anniversary that means a great deal to all americans. every year on that day, we are reminded that our work is not yet finished. that the job of putting an end to convenient extremism and building a safe and stable world continues. but september 11th means even more than that. it is a day on which we remember thousands of american heroes. the bonds that connect all americans, wherever we are on this earth. and the values that see us through every storm. and now it is a day on which we will remember sean, chris, and their colleagues. may god bless them. and may god bless the thousands of americans working in every
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corner of the world. who make this country the greatest force for peace, prosperity, and progress. and a force that has always stood for human dignity, the greatest force the world has ever known. and may god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you. >> secretary of state clinton condemning the attacks on americans in libya that she says should shock the conscience of people of faith all over the world. i want to bring in martha raddatz. you have been reporting on this overnight. do we have any better idea of what happened there in libya? >> well, i think what secretary clinton did reveal is that libyans carried the ambassador to the hospital.
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it is still unclear exactly how he died. whether it was smoke inhalation, whether he was trying to get out in a car with security officers and the car might have been hit by a mortar or something else. it's unclear. i cannot get a straight answer from anyone exactly how he died. but he was unaccounted for for hours, george. and there is a picture circulating on the web that is -- looks very much like the ambassador and he is being carried by libyans. and apparently, the libyans did carry him to the hospital. >> the secretary also asking what many are asking, how could this happen? especially on the anniversary of 9/11? you would have thought security would have been much higher? >> you sure would have. there were security alerts in this country, in other places overseas, being on guard for something exactly like this. there. >> reporter: not marine guards at this consulate.
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there never have been. there were about a dozen people at that consulate. this happened at night. chaos i represented. they did not, apparently, have evacuation plans that worked. one of the americans did die from smoke inhalation. that was likely sean smith. the other two, we don't know how those other two americans died. whether it was on the consulate grounds, whether anybody managed to make it off, whether they were nearby. the fact that libyans had to carry the ambassador to the hospital tells you something about the security. >> we'll be back in a bit, martha. stand by. we'll return to our regular programming. for more of you, that's "good morning america." we're back live with all the
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viewers on the west coast of "good morning america." an attack on the american consulate overnight by armed and angry militants in libya. four americans have been killed, including the u.s. ambassador to libya, j. christopher stevens. the details still coming in. we want to go to martha raddatz for the most updated informing. >> this is a horrifying situation. there is danger it will erupt again. the u.s. military is sending in a marine corps anti-terrorism team. it's too late for the americans killed. it was a chaotic and terrifying scene. 20 gun-wielding attackers storming the american consulate in benghazi overnight. nearly a dozen americans were inside, guarded only by libyan security. for nearly 20 minutes, the libyan guards exchanged fire with the attackers. they hurled a fire bomb inside.
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1 of the 4 americans died of smoke inhalation. it's not certain how the ambassador and others may have died. it could have been shoek or in a car while trying to escape. ambassador steven sas long-serving diplomat. he was in libya during the revolution. >> i was thrilled to watch the libyan people stand up and demand their rights. now i'm excited to return to libya to continue the great work we have started. >> reporter: earlier in the day tuesday, protesters breached the walls of the u.s. embassy in cairo, tearing down the american flag and ripping it to shreds. raising a black flag reading, there is no god but allah. by nightfall, it included thousands of people.
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both incidents are feared to be a reaction to the low-budget anti-muslim film. the movie was produced in the u.s. by an israeli filmmaker. he said he intended the film to be provocative and said islam is a cancer. muslims say it insults muhammad, proper traying him as a fraud and a womanizer. now it's been talked about by terry jones. the u.s. pastor who threatened to burn the koran years ago. this is an extremely dangerous situation. >> let's go to jake tapper at the white house. the president briefed by officials through the evening, jake. now he's ordered american diplomatic folks around the world be put on high alert before he speaks in the next hour. >> the president was informed
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that ambassador stevens was unaccounted for. he was told that last night. this morning, he got the bad news. he condemned the attack. he's ordered more security at the u.s. mission in benghazi and u.s. posts around the world. the u.s. is concerned thauz of this film that the muslims could be inflamed and this fim could provoke further acts of violence. he said chris stevens was a courageous and exemplary representative of the united states. >> now to christiane amanpour. i spoke to her earlier. >> he's been described in california real estate. he describes himself as an israeli. he's talked publicly since going into hiding. he says islam is a cancer.
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he said this was a deliberately provocative film to show that muhammad is a fraud. the film showed him as a pedophile, a womanizer, a thug. it basically denigrated him. you can't cry fire in a crowded theater. so now, one has to really try to figure out the extremists in this country and the extremists out there, who is using this and whipping up hatred. >> one of the things we're seeing now is the consequences of more freedom in the middle east. >> yes, more freedom. i have spoke on the the prime minister of egypt and the new leader of libya. they want good relations with the united states. while this film was kind of hidden in the internet until it got an arabic subtitle and sound
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track, then it back popular. local imams whipped up fervor. >> the current regimes don't have the control. >> they do and they don't. in egypt, there's a military, a police out there still standing. in libya it's slightly more sort of chaotic, still, in terms of bringing militancy and trying to arrange the full security process there. but this is something that really has to be watched as we go forward. there is a transition. by and large, it's pro american in that region. >> let's go to amy now. >> let's get to the other story overnight. record rains and flash flooding in the southwest. dozens of people have had to be evacuated. ginger zee is here watching it all. dramatic pictures. >> the one behind me from las vegas, everybody in here going, whoa, that's vegas? yes. at least 50 people rescued.
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still this morning, one person is missing. the rain came so fast, and so hard. the rushing water burst through this dike in southern utah, forcing dozens of homes and businesses to evacuate. in las vegas, up to 2 inches per hour, turned roads into rivers in seconds. trapping these cars. this man barely hanging on as he's rescued from the window of his truck and finally lifted into the air to safety. the water came bursting through neighborhoods. surrounding these homes in an instant. flooding not just basements but entire first floors of some homes. >> water just poured in from the roof. >> reporter: the flood so powerful, it sent dump chers careen lg through a concrete wall. >> what happened? what did you hear? >> just a roaring sound. and then the crashing. >> reporter: the torrents of floodwaters visible here, racing down canals, overflowing and
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swamping everything in its path. washing away this tractor and the man who was in it. he's reported missing. he was on the phone with his wife when it went dead. > >> it came down hard and quick. i don't think anybody was prepared for that. >> las vegas has never had that much rain on one day ever. let's go to josh elliott with the other top stories developing at this hour. >> we begin with your money. on wall street, the dow began the morning at the highest level in five years. investors hoping the federal reserve will announce it's taking new actions to boost the economy. there's another piece of the news as well. german courts have ruled that the european bailout is constitutional. the world is hearing from mark zuckerberg. the plummeting value of facebook stock has cost him billions. he seems confident he can turn
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things around. >> the performance of the stock has been disappointing, obviously. we care about our share hoerlsd and the commitment we made is that we're going execute the mission of making the world more open and connected. we're going to do the things we thing will build value over the long term. >> on the heels of those comments, facebook stock rose. a big gift from the irs. $104 million. bradley birkenfeld blew the whistle on his employer, a swiss bank. the irs recovered billions of dollars. as a reward, the man could have received up to 30%. a new proposal of the school board is under review in chicago. it's said to address teemp evaluation, the main sticking point. now over to ginger zee for a
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look at today's weather. the rain in vegas. now it moves to the east to place that needs it, the northern panhandle of texas. that's where the bull's eye is. the heat ahead of it, 5 to 20 degrees above normal. first, the sunniest cities.
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>> something else to get your attention quickly. a few snowflakes on the map here. 4 to 8 inches of snow in some parts of colorado above 12,000 feet. it's happening. >> wow. >> all right, ginger, thank you. coming up here on "gma," the accountant and dad who allegedly hired someone to attack his wife. and then, he tried to write it off as a business expense. inside the plot police say was years in the making. also, aimee copeland, the courageous young woman who battled a flesh-eating disease, walked on to katie couric's show for her public debut. and then talked to josh candidly about her battle to reclaim her life one step at a time. and ryan and blake lively's
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we come back. beautiful picture from vollmer peak. thick fog up north, getting lighter 1 1/2 mile visibility napa, 2 half moon bay everybody else okay flight arrival delays into sfo. 50s right now, 60s along the coast increasing sun this afternoon, 70s bay,
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♪ it's a beautiful day look at aimee copeland. what a story. a courageous young woman who survived a flesh-eating disease. she came on to katie couric's new show. after that, she had a chance to meet and speak with josh. she says she has plenty to celebrate. robin on medical leave. josh and i waiting to hear from the president. >> w >> we take a look. live at the rose garden. if president is expected to speak in moments. we don't have the pictures now. weir waiting on the president. as george said, aimee copeland, the personification of hope and
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belief and counsrage. i sat down with her. hi. she exudes light and love. exextraordinary nair in someone who so recently endure sod much. her life changed on may 1st. she was riding a zip line and things changed. >> i remember hearing the wire snapping. next thing i know, i'm on the ground. >> reporter: she thought the injury to her leg would heal in days. but lurking in her leg, a bacteria, likely from the georgia river. >> it's hard to diagnose. >> reporter: the fresh-eating back ter yoo ravaged her body for days, then weeks.
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taking both of her hands, her feet, and her entire left leg. despite very slim odds, she survived. do you have why me moments? >> not especially. the thought has crossed my mind. i don't think along those terms. it could have happened to anyone. i was in the situation. this is just how the cookie crumbles. now out of the hospital, she's hoping to embrace a new normal. what is the hardest thing to relearn? >> there's so much. styling my hair is so complicated. i think after i get home, i'm chopping it off. i actually think after i get home, i'm chopping it all off because it's one of those things, it's not even relearning. it's just -- just doesn't happen. brushing my teeth is really hard. putting on makeup. getting dressed. >> reporter: you are obviously tall. i'm tall myself. what's it like to have your
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whole world view change now? >> oh, it's terrible. i hate it. i hate having to look up at people. it's a different view because i'm, you know, 5'8." i'm used to looking down at people or at least eye-level. i'm be glad when i'm vertical a lot more. >> reporter: copeland's wish to stand tall again will soon be granted. >> this is what i've got for the below knee. i haven't been fitted yet for the above knee. >> reporter: thanks to the new prosthetic she began using last week. on tuesday, in front of the studio audience of katie couric's new show, she showed just how quickly she's learned to master the new legwear. but just as impressive as her newfound ability to walk and to work her handheld device, is her determination to simply live her life. is it fair to say, maybe, that for all the changes in your life, that you've emerged the same person in the end here? >> uh-huh. absolutely. this is the better version. it's just something where you say, hey, this is hard. but we're going to make the best of it because, hey, i'm alive. i'm celebrating.
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you know? i'm celebrating the fact that i'm here right now. and i shouldn't be. you know? so, i think -- i feel like i beat all the odds, really. >> boy, how you not be encouraged by that. so what is ahead for her? >> as much as she is happy to be home. she's moved back into a home retro fitted for her needs with her parents. she's moved back home with her parents. she's been gone for about six years, george. she says she's jonesing for independence. and she wants to complete her masters thesis. she's looking at wilderness healing for amputees. let's get to ginger in for sam with the weather. >> i want to start with something not so great. that's flooding in florida. let's get to sarasota. parts of florida, this part up
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to a half to one inch. the other parts, up to three inches. and it's the stalled front over it here. miami will have more rain. new orleans back to houston, this bubbles up and gives more rain for parts of the gulf states. that is on the southeast side. as far as the great lakes, the midwest, look at this. kansas city, 90 today. 74 friday. and in the middle, low 60s. tomorrow is going to be considerably cooler. >> this weather report, brought to you by ashley furniture. i'll head back to you. we're standing by for the president. coming up next, the miracle man. the 19-year-old stranded at sea speaks out, only on "gma." hey, i love your cereal there --
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now, to the latest on the miracle survival story we told you about on tuesday. brand-new video of the moments just before that stranded 19-year-old fisherman was rescued after surviving more than 4 hours in icy alaskan waters. well, guess what? he's speaking out now. and abc's john muller is here with that story. good morning, john. amazing he can speak this morning. >> reporter: it is amazing. this story just gets better. the details are astounding enough. but this morning, we hear from the courageous teenager who refused to die. and we're interrupting right now because president obama is about to speak in the rose garden about the violence in libya overnight. four americans have been killed, including the ambassador, j. christopher stevens, the first u.s. ambassador killed since 1979. going to take a quick break, come back with a special report.
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this is an abc special report. good morning, i'm george stephanopoulos. the president is about to speak in the white house rose garden about the violence in libya overnight. four americans killed, including the u.s. ambassador. a group of armed and angry militants attacked the consulate there. they appear to have had rockets. they set the place on fire. several americans inside were being guarded by the libyan security. the ambassador and three other americans, including an information officer, have been killed. it was sparked by an anti-muslim film created by a manleying in california. the president put out a written statement condemning the attacks, ordering increased security at posts around the world. jake tapper is at the white house right now.
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>> hello? >> i missed jake. the president about to speak at any moment. mitt romney has already spoken out, condemning the attacks. secretary of state clinton spoke earlier at the state department expressing her condolences. think jake is wired up. the president was informed of this early overnight and was told that the ambassador was unaccounted for. the president is walking out. let's go to the president of the united states. >> good morning. every day, all across the world, american diplomats and civilians work tirelessly to advance the interests and values of our nation. often, they are away from their families, sometimes they brave great danger. yesterday, four of these
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extraordinary americans were killed at our diplomatic post in benghazi. among those kills, our ambassador, chris stevens. as well as foreign service officer sean smith. we're still note fieing the families of the others killed. the american people stand united in holding the four americans in our thoughts and prayers. the united states condemns in the strongest term this is outrageous and shocking attack. we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i have told the administration to increase security at posts around the world. we'll work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. since our founding, the united states has been nation that respects all faiths. we reject all efforts to
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denigrate the religious beliefs of others. but there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence. none. the world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts. already, many libyans have joined us in doing so. this take will not break the bonds between the united states and libya. libyan security personnel fought back alongside americans. they helped some of our diplomats find safety and they carried ambassador stevens' body to the hospital where we tragically learned that he had died. it's especially tragic that chris stevens died in benghazi. because it's a city he helped to save at the height of the libyan revolution. he led the diplomatic post in benghazi with skill, courage, and resolve, he partnerships with libyan
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revolutionaries. when the gadhafi regime came to an end, chris served as an ambassador to the new libya. he worked tirelessly to support the young democrat cydemocracy. we relied on his knowledge of the situation on the ground there. he was a role model to all who worked with him. and the young diplomat who is aspire to walk in his footsteps. along with his colleagues, chris died in a country that is still striving to emerge from the recent experience of war. today, the loss of these four americans is fresh. our memories of them linger on. i have no doubt that their legacy will live on through the work they did far from our shores and in the hearts of those who love them back home. yesterday was already a painful day for our nation, as we marked
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the solemn memory of the 9/11 attacks. we mourned with the families who lost members on that day. i visited the graves of the troops that made the ultimate sacrifice in iraq and afghanistan at arlington cemetery. had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some wounded warriors at walter reed. and then last night,er we learned the news of this attack in benghazi. as americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because there are people willing to fight for it. to stand up for it. and in some case, lay down their lives for it. our country is only as strong as the kargt of our people. and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe. no acts of terror will shake the resolve of our nation, alter
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that character or eclipse our values. today, we mourn four more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act. and make no mistake, justice will be done. the lives these americans led stand in contrast to those of their attackers. these four americans stood up for freedom. and human dignity. they should give every american great pride in the country that they serve. and the hope that our flag represents to people around the globe who also yearn to live in freedom and with dignity. we grieve with their families. but let us carry on their memory and let us continue their work of seeking a stronger america, and a better world for all of our children. thank you. may god bless the memory of those we lost and may god bless the united states of america.
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>> president obama with secretary clinton in the rose garden. being asked was it an act of war as he headed away. called this an outrageous attack. i want to go to martha raddatz. she's been covering this all night long. the president confirmed the detail we earlier got from secretary clinton. the ambassador was taken away by libyans trying to get him help at the hospital. >> they were. but the ambassador was unaccounted for for a number of hours throughout the night. the president was told that as well. i thought secretary clinton was especially shaken by this. she nose the ambassador so well. we're still not certain how the ambassador has died. the associated press said he
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treat -- they spoke to man who said he worked on him in the hospital. he said he tried to revive him for 90 minutes. he said it was smoke inhalation. >> these people inflamd by a pretty obscure film, shown only once in its entirety. it's inflaming tempers around the world. >> it is. the taliban is vowing revenge. we're told the taliban is issuing statements. everyone is on guard at all embassies is on guard, on high alert. the u.s. fear this is could spread. >> let me go to jake staerp. that was the first thing president obama ordered this morning. >> absolutely. they're very concerned about this. we have seen the riots in the muslim streets for years now.
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dating back, a less recent example, the cartoons that were published. when president obama was talking about potential involvement in libya, this type of blowback, this time of unexpected consequence, unintended consequence is one of the things he was concerned about. why he kept challenging the national security team. we see that obviously, there are always unintended consequences. >> marines are being sent there as well. this is part of the political debate. mitt romney weighing in. >> there's a lot of criticism from the republicans when it comes to the arab spring. mitt romney criticizing the obama administration for having the first reaction be an apology for that film. he's basing that on incorrect
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chronology. the statement apologizing for the bigotry in the film came out before any of these attacks. but mitt romney doubling down saying when he sees a point to criticize, he'll do so, apparently, even if it's not based in chronology. >> jake and martha, thanks very much. a full report on "world news" tonight with diane sawyer. we return to our regular programming now. go nowhere. [ johan ] hello, piper. nice up-do. i see you're crunching numbers with a cup of joe... when you could be relaxing with a delicious gevalia. or as i like to say, a cup of johan. joe's a cubicle. johan is a corner office with a young, eager assistant... who looks like me. put johan on your spreadsheets. he'll watch your bottom line. [ johan ] gevalia. meet me in the coffee aisle.
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♪ times square is going gangnam. >> yeah. >> come on, george. >> well, hello. >> got the accent right. >> come on, george. >> no way. the video, taking the world by storm. look at lara go. you're about to hear from psy, like never before. and look at that gang. all of times square. we've got the dancers out. we are turning times square plaza into a gangnam extravaganza. that is all coming up this morning. we say good morning, america. robin on her medical leave. and glad to have amy robach with us. >> thank you very much. and the new parenting extreme. we've all heard about helicopter parenting, right? who is trying this?
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the free-range approach to raising your kid. inside this controversial new trend. also, ladies don't hold your breath. it was being reported that george clooney was back on the market. is the world's sexiest man the newest bachelor? we'll tell you the latest on that. plus, we're exclusively revealing who is topping "people" magazine's brand-new best dressed list. >> so a whole lot of fun coming up. but we have serious news that is breaking from overnight in libya. >> the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans have been killed after an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the violence have and at the u.s. embassy in kir roe being fueled by an anti-muslim video made here in the yooits. martha raddatz has been tracking the story all night long. good morning, martha. >> reporter: good morning to you, josh. this was a brazen attack by about 20 armed militants.
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they set one of the consulate buildings on fire. secretary of state hillary clinton condemned the take in the strong es of terms. so did president obama. >> in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. make no mistake we'll work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. >> this is an take that should shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world. >> ambassador chris stevens was unaccounted for for several hours. it was a libyan who took him to the hospital. a dro who says he treated him told the associated press he died of severe asphyxiation. the doctor tried for 90 minutes to revive stevens. there are questions about how they could have gotten on to the compound and killed four
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americans on september 11th. >> and, again, we'll have much more on the details concerning a video, a film, made by an israeli here in california. massive flooding across the southwest. floodwaters so powerful, they burst through a dike, you see there in southern utah, tearing a 20-foot hole in the middle of it. meanwhile, in las vegas, look at these pictures. at least 50 people had to be rescued. many became stranded in their cars as the city was swamped with up to two inches of rain per hour. roads were transformed into rivers. thousands lost power. and surprising new findings about one of the most popular dietary pills on the market. researchers say fish oil supplements have no proven benefits when it comes to preventing heart disease or stroke. but they remind us omega 3s are helpful when you get them from
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actually eating fish. and the world's biggest cosmetics company is being warned to stop claiming its skin creams have some medical benefits. to make that claim, the products would have to be classified as drugs. and finally here, a fascinating and terrifying scene in the virgin islands. look at the video. it's a massive migration -- those are not rocks, those are hermit crabs on st. john's. we mind me not to go back there. a natural phenomenon. they eat at the water's edge and make a hasty retreat. the problem is, the line is sort of long. >> hasty is relative.
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millions of them. >> like us, precoffee. i guess that's my cue. good morning, everybody. time for a little "pop news." "people" magazine's best and worst dressed issues. just hitting news stands. we have got your exclusive first look. their number one, also personal favorite here, gwyneth paltrow. and also, no surprise, kate middleton is on the list for her elegant, gorgeous and i dare say recycling style, josh. >> you need not dare. >> i just did. also, it was nice to see maternity style being celebrated, with reese witherspoon. and completing the list are, among others, rihanna, jennifer lawrence. and for best breakup style, rob pattinson. >> who knew? >> their words. they say history is always written by the winners. but a new movie may change that. "wreck-it ralph" tells the story of a video game villain, voiced by john c. reilly, his teysteri,
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i might add, of a guy who strived for something more. here's a clip. >> my name's wreck-it ralph. for 30 years, i've been doing this. it starts to feel hard to love your job when no one else seems to like you for doing it. >> wreck it. >> sure must be nice being the good guy. >> nice share, ralph. >> i don't want to be the bad guy anymore. >> a great concept. other celebrity voices in the movie include sara silverman, jane lynch, and jack mcnair. really funny. opens in november. another first look here. also in "pop news." for a hot second, it looked like george clooney was back on the market. with some reporting that his lucky, lucky lady of a year, stacy keibler had been telling friends that they had split. but apparently, the cruel twist of fate that appears that somebody is toying with us, clooney's rep has denied the rumors. telling us that the story is, quote, a total fabrication designed to sell newspapers.
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and apparently make women very, very depressed. woman. forget the doggies, how much is that hottie in the window? look, there was a shot of you, as i said that. not that guy, who is in a window. they're outside right now. this is all about a new trend in the online dating world that allows users to go beyond browsing a website for potential dates. the french dating site, which translates to adopt a man, allows women to window-shop for single guys who are displayed in glass-front human-sized toy boxes. the shop is now open in paris. the pop-up shop will move to other parts of france. the site is free for women and has been described as a catalog of eligible bachelors. >> eligible, though? would you really want to date a guy who poses in a window? i don't know. >> george and i -- we're going to recuse ourselves. yeah. it's our job description.
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>> only a matter of time before it happens in times square. i'm just saying. that's "pop news." hey, ginger. let's have some weather now. sorry. >> that's okay. i saw some incredible "gangnam style" dancing out here. you stood out to me. she's from iowa. it's a little warm out here. it's pleasant here in times square. in chicago, it will be downright shot. 20 degrees above average. look at the clear skies there. hey, chicago, get ready. just about to slip 30 degrees by tomorrow. 60s by the end of the week. the heat spreads east. 80s in the northeast. they return. and look at the overnight lows. someone behind me from utah, you seeing that? 40s there. oh, my goodness. a little chill.
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>> they are from pittsburgh. and they're celebrating -- >> one year anniversary. >> one year down. lara, back to you. >> thank you so much, ginger. here's a look at what we have coming up on our "gma morning menu." free-range parenting. it's called. inside the controversial hands-off approach to raising your kids. plus, we'll introduce you to psy. he's got the whole world doing it. will george do it? we'll find out, coming up on "good morning america." >> george, do you want to do it? >> george is doing it right now. >> oh, my gosh. >> george, that's so good. >> zero chance.
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treat yourself good. [ cheers and applause ] great crowd in times square this morning. the big question, how many have you heard of helicopter parenting? moms and dads that however, watching every move their children make. now, a countermovement is gearing up, free-range parenting. getting kids to play alone outside. no adults, no supervision. juju chang talks to one new york woman who is pushing the idea for pay. >> reporter: imagine a place where no parents are allowed. kids govern themselves, like in the movie "lord of the flies." imagine that place is a big city playground. some people would argue that mother nature is "lord of the flies." they'll end up pouncing on each other, hurting each other. >> we seem to think that play is something new and horrible and
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barbaric, when we all used to do it. until recently when we took it out and replaced it with classes and coaches and supervision. >> reporter: this woman is launching a revolutionary program this afternoon. drop your kids off at a playground and they'll play. unsupervised. she'll be at a nearby coffee shop. and it will cost you a whopping $350 for eight 90-minute sessions. >> i'm having it in central park because central park happens to be the safest precinct in new york city. >> reporter: she calls it free-range parenting, letting your kids play, free of parental controls and scrutiny. she was once called the worst mother in the world, after writing about letting her 9-year-old son ride the new york subway by himself. he is now 14. he managed to survive. she says the trend in american parenting is increasing paranoia. fear of letting kids play alone.
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three different parents i spoke to said what kind of liability does she have? >> i have them sign a little waiver that says, i don't expect anybody, much less lenore, to be supervising my kids. >> reporter: but even parents who struggle with urban limitations on their kids, had mixed emotions. >> you can't just let them go completely free. you want them to get some street smarts. >> i would never pay somebody money to help transition my child. that's why i send them to school. >> i can't imagine leaving my children unsupervised at that young age at all. >> reporter: and critics, like parenting expert, ann pleshette murphy, worry about the safety of young kids being left to fend for themselves. >> i think it's unbelievably irresponsible. letting kids run around and potentially do a lot of harm to themselves or others, is not a good idea. >> reporter: an adult-free playground may not end up like "lord of the flies." but the prospect seems just as controversial. for "good morning america," juju chang, abc news, new york. let's talk this out now with catherine connors.
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the editor in chief of along with our child psychologist, dr. jan taylor. i'm torn. i have two girls, 10 and 7. and i sympathize with both sides. taking away the pay, catherine. you're a supporter. >> i am. i really agree very broadly. you know, i think -- there's an element of me that is torn. i joke that i have a free-range mom and a helicopter mom that do battle frequently. but i try to be as free-range an parent as i can because i believe it's important for children and my children, to have an opportunity to explore the world, to develop independence, to develop confidence, and the ability to move about on their own and on their own terms. >> but you agree with ann pleshette murphy that it's irresponsible. >> the goal of parenting is to have a child that has self-control, is aterritosserti can make decisions. but that comes with parenting being able to create rules and structure and teach our kids discipline. there is a balance. you want to give your kids the independence.
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the at the end of the day, kids and teenagers need limits. >> here's what holds me back, catherine. living here in new york city, it seems like a place where you're -- i'm not entirely comfortable having my kids out there on their own. >> i think a city like new york is probably an ideal place to give your children more freedom. i wrote recently about a situation -- my 4-year-old tried to walk himself home from school. the response i got from the community -- because i emphasized this is new york city. he tried to walk across brooklyn. the response was, well, maybe new york's the best place for this because you have an active street life. you have a lot of people. you have people looking out for each other. and it may be that in the city, children have, at least in natural social parameters that they might lack in the suburbs. >> and one of the attractions of the free-range, janet, is, kids are overscheduled. they're going from scheduled play date to scheduled play date, to lessons. and that doesn't feel like childhood. >> kids need unstructured time. and they need that freedom to
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find themselves and bond with other kids. this is about understanding that it is irresponsible that you're going to leave a group of kids who don't know each other unsupervised. they could be in kentucky. they could be in new york. kids need supervision. >> what are the guidelines? how do you know if it's right for your kid? >> it's a great question to ask. you need to know your child. not every child is inclined to be independent and fearless. i think you have to look for those characteristics. parents are responsible for trying to develop those characteristics, kids will benefit. from independence and confidence. but if you have a child that's inclined to explore, is confident enough to explore his or her own environment, to negotiate his or her own social dilemmas, you need to give them the freedom. to really dig into that. >> you're nodding to that. >> you need to know your own style as a parent. sometimes you need to hold on. sometimes you need to let go. also, the temperament and personality of your child. and don't put them in a situation to make them more anxious and fearful. >> okay, thank you both very much. good talk. we want to hear from you. would you let your 8-year-old
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child play unsupervised in a park? go to on yahoo! and vote now. now, outside to lara and josh. >> thank you, george. we're very excited for something coming up. we've been waiting for this all morning. it's the dance from the smash hit music video that's taken over the world. "gma" is going "gangnam" right now. >> don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about. a blockbuster video by south korean rapper, psy. we're going to hear from him. like you never have before in just a bit. we're not exactly sure. do you want to say gangnam or gangnam. here's how it's actually said. one of our great "gma" staffers sons, she does the books for us. she told us how to say it. >> we solved the mystery. it's pronounced "gangnam." >> say that again. >> gangnam. >> the "g" sounds like a "k." thank you. gangnam. we have a few surprises for you just ahead. first, here a look at why "gangnam style" has turned into a phenomenon.
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♪ three magic words launched south korea's psy on a meteoric rise to fame. ♪ hey, sexy lady >> i've done this 12 years in korea. and i'm a rookie here now. local at daytime and crazy at night. that's "gangnam style." >> reporter: it all started here on youtube. psy posting his youtube video in july. and before you could say -- >> gangnam style. >> reporter: it was going gangbusters. with almost 150 million hits. not to mention a flood of parodies and tributes. soon psy was riding his invisible horse to the red carpet. >> i want to dress classy. that's why i can dance cheesy. >> i want to do it again. >> reporter: the vmas. and tmz, where he stopped to give the paparazzi a quick lesson.
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>> one, two, three, four. >> i can't really do that. ♪ ♪ open gangnam style >> reporter: but the dance is going even farther. on top of all the kids, college students, and even flash mobs, "gangnam style" turned up in nfl end zones, baseball ads, concerts, and right here on "gma." >> come on, girl. >> psy, come on out. >> reporter: and on monday, ellen degeneres surprised britney spears with a choreography lesson from psy himself. >> cue the music. one, two, three, four. >> reporter: all of it far beyond psy's wildest imagination. >> i was just thinking to make a huge hit in korea, that was my only purpose. >> reporter: so, with psy playing in front of huge crowds and the whole world going
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gagnam style, where will this viral dance epidemic go next? ♪ gangnam style >> oh, look. >> well, there you go. george did do it. >> see? we knew. >> here we go. "gangnam style." it's taken over the world. it's taken over the intrawebs. now it's time to take over times square. is everybody ready? "gangnam style." here we go. ♪ ♪ gangnam style ♪ gangnam style ♪
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♪ gangnam style ♪ hey, sexy lady ♪ gangnam style ♪ hey, sexy lady ♪ open gangnam style ♪ hey, sexy lady ♪ gangnam style ♪ hey, sexy lady ♪ open gangnam style [ cheers and applause ] >> wow. a huge thank you to -- wow, the control room. that was especially impressive there. >> really impressive out of you, tommy. thank you to all the dancers.
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good morning i'm kristen sze. developing news from alameda firefighters saved a paralyzed man from a burning home early this morning. the rear of a duplex was engulfed in flames around 1 a.m.. cell phone video of the scene. firefighters had to rush into the building to rescue a man trapped inside. he and 14 others got out safely. the cause of this blaze is under investigation. >> let's see where the trouble spots are in the morning commute. >> >> good morning. san francisco for one, "sig alert" issued north 280 before geneva big rig vs. tree backing things up daly city. north 17 accident blocking left lane motorcycle down southbound 680 san jose 101
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center lane injury accident north 85 camden another injury accident lane 3. >> clouds with us this morning. we'll check in with
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visibility improving especially napa up to two miles. temperatures in the 50s as you step out. sunshine everywhere except the coast by noon pockets of sun
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this afternoon, 50s coast, 90 ♪ ♪ you better kiss me you're going to miss me ♪ ♪ when i'm gone all right. kix brooks. you know him from the supergroup, brooks & dunn. he's here after striking out on his own. robin roberts out on medical leave. >> the count check had a kick. unbelievable. >> what about the dancing that josh did. >> josh was amazing. i have to say, i was so impressed. >> i had to peek behind my
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paper. >> seeing these two rehearsing this morning. >> it has taken over youtube. it's taken over the world. and it's taken over times square in a fashion that can only be called singular. and right there, horribly tragic. >> our executive producer, running the broadcast. >> that was terrific. >> pretending he's riding a horse. >> it's "gangnam." we also have amy adams, filling in, sharing the big screen with clint eastwood, justin timberlake. and she learned how to play baseball. >> she's pretty good. also, this beautiful woman, follow me, everybody. nicole richie. did you like that? that was my runway walk for you, nicole. she's had a fierce fashion eye, rocking this blue dress. let me see the monitor to make sure. as a little girl, rocking that dress like nobody's business, with the little white gloves.
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here we are, still ahead of the trends, as always. savvy, stylish and a mogul to boot. how do you like being a fashion mogul? is this a lifelong dream for you? >> being in fashion is something i've been dreaming about my whole life. >> i feel like you've always talked about it, even before you were giving us style to wear. >> yes. >> it's been a passion. >> yes, it has. i started out with jewelry because it is a smaller project. and it was closest to my heart. and i knew once i got in it would take up my entire life. once i decided that it was the right time, i just went full force into it. you know, i'm slowly expanding and enjoying every moment. >> your mom was a big inspiration for you? >> she was. she was, yes. i used to sit in her empty bathtub and watch her get ready. she was going out with my dad all the time.
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i would watch her get her hair and makeup done. and i would think, i would like to be like her when i grow up. >> tell us about the fashion line. four lines all together? >> yes, yes, i do. >> too much. how do you do it all? and a mom to boot. >> the short answer is, i don't know. i just have to wake up every morning and kind of prioritize and figure out what i need to focus on for the day. it's a constant juggling act. that's what you have to do. >> can we see a little bit of how you've juggled with great fashions? >> yes. >> we have some of your looks. and this first one is -- i love this. >> thank you. >> it's a peacock motif dress. tell us more. >> this is the kaleidoscope peacock print. this is one of my signature dresses. we use this shape for my other line.
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and you know, this is just a great -- a great evening piece. the color's beautiful for fall. the print is beautiful. you'll see little hints of house of harlow throughout the collection. in this case, you see hints of it throughout the ends of the rope. just in the small details. >> this is all available at macy's? >> all available at macy's. >> let's look at look number two. there's a bohemian feel to these pieces. >> i'm inspired by the '60s and '70s. everything starts with music. hopefully you'll see a little bit of that throughout the collection. this is a little naughtier. >> you know. i had to add some spice. some of us have to go on dates. >> look number three is a little edgier. >> yes. this is one of my favorite jackets. this is a faux leather and faux fur jacket. i did a play on mixing masculine
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and feminine fabric. for example, this top, you can't see the sleeves. but the top is a more feminine fabric. you'll see a lot of that throughout the line. and these leather leggings are one of my favorites, as well. >> they are very hot. and do you feel you could take those from day tonight? >> absolutely. absolutely. you can wear them with a white t-shirt and flats during the day. >> i tried to be a little groovier today. >> i'm feeling it. i like the red. and the black pumps. very chic. >> let's -- i just talked to you, nicole, about motherhood. being here in new york, are you sneaking in the shows during fashion week? >> i've been so busy trying to finish this collection, because it launches today. i'm missing shows. i was a little here last week. i had to fly home for my son's
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third birthday for two days. and back here now. >> your dad must be very proud of you. >> my dad cries all the time. it's really embarrassing. all the time. it's really annoying. like, in public. p>> well, you're his little gir. >> i get it. i do. >> congratulations on not one, not two, but four fashion lines. >> thank you. >> the jewelry, motherhood and continued success. nicole richie, everybody. and ginger zee is somewhere nearby to hopefully give us good weather. >> we'll have great weather. wanted to say, you came all the way. rig into the at
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rain will streth >> we started this week with jessica simpson, our first of amazing team robin guest hosts actually. hearing all about her new baby, maxwell drew. now, she's determined to lose that baby weight as a spokesperson for weight watchers. we're showing you a sneak peek of her new commercial. that's what you're seeing right now. she's lost already 40 pounds. and the plan is to continue that. she's looking great. also, taking 14,000 steps a day. that's a lot. exercising with her pedometer. she wants us to get up and get moving. she is giving the audience some pedometers. i'm going to hand them out. for a walk in chicago. very good. we got all of this because of jessica.
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more fun co-hosts to come. back to lara. >> thank you, ginger. i'm finding
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♪ it's always a pleasure to welcome amy adams back to "gma." she is starring in a brand-new movie with clint eastwood called "trouble with the curve." it opens next week. amy, welcome back. >> thank you. >> i have to quote clint eastwood. you can sprint like a guy, throw like a guy, take a real swing. how did you learn to play baseball? >> i had to get a coach. a private baseball coach because before i started this film, i could not do any of those. i could run. i was a good runner. >> and you play the daughter of clint. he's a scout, a baseball scout. you have to know something about the game. >> yeah. >> you had to look like you could do it. >> i had to look like it was some place i grew up, that i was comfortable, and at home on the field.
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>> i heard when you got out there, you had something that could be called, in some places, a home run. >> pretty good. >> yeah. in a very small field. >> so, what is it like to work with a legend like clint eastwood? >> it's amazing. i grew up watching clint. had a huge crush on him, of course. but he's just such a warm individual. and he just has such a great sense of humanity and of humor. and really made it easy not to be intimidated. >> you also get to work with justin timberlake. >> yes. 3 is not the kind of dancing you usually expect from justin timberlake. > clogging. >> clogging? >> clogging. it's a dance. >> no. where i'm from, they take you to a psych ward for that. >> i think you would like it.
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it's fun. you should try it. >> no, no, no. >> come on. it will be fun. >> try to keep up. >> you got him to do it. are you a clogger? >> i would like to learn clogging, actually. they looked like they were having a lot of fun when they were doing, the professional cloggers. >> the last time we talked on "gma," you were still pregnant. >> really pregnant. >> now, your daughter's more than two. >> hi. i told you t watch. >> hi. i told you t watch. bet you she is. she's such a sweetie. >> does she get the idea that mommy's a big movie star? >> i think you're the first person to tell her. >> sorr abothat park this summer. now whe i say i'm going to work, she thinks i'm doing work likes that. i'm doing and that fu for us.
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, an int diet. t means i check my e-mail and sort of a couple of news stories. and sort of a couple of news stories. bti'must spendin >> an much, i really wanted qualiyti with my wn i home, i'm really trying to just set it aside. you know? >> how does it feel? >> it feels good. sometimes it's very anxiety-inducing. i feel like i really was addicted. you feel like you need to know things. if yn on, you're missing someut then, you learn you can cf> you have one other big mo "the master," with philip seymour hoffman.& "the master," with philip seymour hoffman.& >> it is magnificent. joaquin phoenix gives
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we're with country star kix brooks. he is sitting the music scene solo, of spending 20 years as part of the superduo brooks & dunn. his new solo album "new to this town." it's a song about starting over. and certainly appropriate, given what you've done in the last two
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years. starting over from brooks & dunn. how does it feel to be a solo artist once again? you started out solo. >> it sounds cliche. but 20 years go by in a hurry. it feels right. >> it feels right. that's one way to go forward. it's interesting because during these 2 years, i understand you wrote 50 songs to put together this album? >> yeah. but they all weren't very good. i kept 12 of them that are worth singing. >> i mean, everyone makes a joke. what is the inspiration for your music? >> it's everything. it's memories. it's seeing the people around you. it's stuff that's happening to you. if i was writing about what i do every day, it would be a pretty boring album. >> let's listen to 1 of 12. "new to this town." kix brooks, let's hear it. >> thanks.
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♪ i was sitting at the cafe for a bite ♪ ♪ couldn't help but overhear this guy ♪ ♪ he just pulled up in a u-haul truck ♪ ♪ telling becky how pumped he was ♪ ♪ bout movin' here for his new job ♪ ♪ and what a cool little spot it was ♪ ♪ kinda made me jealous made me mad ♪ ♪ wish i could see this place like that ♪ ♪ yeah, i wish i was new to this town ♪ ♪ just pullin' in checkin' it out ♪ ♪ for the first time wish i could go anywhere ♪ ♪ and not be afraid of finding you there ♪ ♪ yeah, girl when i see you around ♪ ♪ i wish i was new to this town ♪
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♪ i can't put my feet on this sidewalk ♪ ♪ without hearin' you laugh or hearin' you talk ♪ ♪ and every street's a memory of just how good it used to be ♪ ♪ i can't walk into that corner bar ♪ ♪ without someone askin' how you are ♪ ♪ and how you're doing and how you been ♪ ♪ i gotta go through it all again ♪ ♪ i wish i was new to this town ♪ ♪ just pullin' in checkin' it out ♪ ♪ for the first time wish i could go anywhere ♪ ♪ and not be afraid of finding you there ♪ ♪ yeah, girl when i see you around ♪ ♪ i wish i was
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new to this town ♪ ♪ i wonder what it feels like ♪ ♪ to hop in my truck and not think about us ♪ ♪ just go for a ride stop at that stoplight ♪ ♪ not think about you sittin' here by my side ♪ ♪ i wish i was new to this town ♪ ♪ just pullin' in checkin' it out ♪ ♪ for the first time wish i could go anywhere ♪ ♪ and not be afraid of finding you there ♪ ♪ yeah, girl when i see you around ♪ ♪ and i feel the way that i do now ♪ ♪ oh, i wish i was
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new to this town ♪ ♪ i wish i was new to this town ♪ ♪ oh, yeah i wish i was ♪ ♪ new to this town oh, yeah ♪ ♪ i wish i was new to this town ♪ ♪ yeah wish i was new to this town ♪ [ cheers and applause ]
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♪ a whole lot going on this morning. thanks to kix brooks. >> yeah. >> big morning tomorrow, as well. oprah's going to be here and the kardashian sisters. what are you going to do, lara? >> nicole richie has given us parting gifts. her perfume.
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it smells delicious. her empire continues. >> we want to give you a big thank you to all of the dancers. loved having them here to do our "gangnam style." now, a little more "gangnam style." there he is. ♪
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good morning i'm k . milpitas police released photos of -- photos of three wanted in connection with the murder of a 7-eleven store clerk. three entered the store on north milpitas boulevard saturday, emptied the register and shot the clerk. >> quick check on your weather forecast. good morning. highs a little warmer especially inland than yesterday, 80s, 90s especially east bay valleys. 60s coast increasing sun this afternoon. 50s tonight. lack of cloud cover due to high pressure going to bring our warmest afternoons tomorrow and friday. "sig alert"in effect san francisco north 280 before geneva big rig accident in the cleanup process. san jose motorcycle accident still blocking


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